The present watch is one of the exceedingly rare examples of a Panerai reference 6154 to appear in public to date.
The "Small Egiziano" reference 6154
it is thought that Panerai supplied a small series of the present Radiomir model, attributed the reference number 6154, following a request of the Egyptian Navy. Members of the Egyptian Naval Forces attended the Commando School of the Italian Navy in the naval base of La Spezia asking for the same watches as their Italian brother-in-arms.
Nicknamed the "Small Egiziano" (Italian for "Egyptian"), reference 6154 features a smaller case than its counterpart reference 6152, the latter available with or without the protective crown guard. The movements and cases were supplied by Rolex, the dials featuring the luminous material developed by Panerai and patented as "Radiomir".
Regrettably, no documentation survived in regard to the precise number of the "Small Egiziani" produced. Scholarship however stipulates that no more than some 30 watches were supplied to the Egyptian Forces and that few other examples were made as prototypes.